Step 1

Plant Zucchini Seedlings After Risk of Frost

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Buy Plants

Buy compact, green plants with a healthy root system. Water well and plant out or pot on immediately to avoid checking their growth. Beware of buying zucchini and other half-hardy plants before the risk of frost has passed.

Step 2

Hold Seedling by Root Ball to Plant

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant Seedlings

Carefully remove each seedling from its packaging and, holding the root ball rather than the delicate leaves, plant them into prepared soil so that the top of the root ball is just below soil level.

Step 3

Add Organic Mulch Around Each Zucchini Plant

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fertilize and Mulch

Gently firm the soil around each plant so that it is stable and water well to help it get established. Add a mulch of organic material around each plant (but not touching the stem) to retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Step 4

Label and Add Supports to Young Plants

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Support and Water

Label, and add supports for plants that need them as they grow. Cloches are often useful to protect young plants from cold and windy weather. Continue to water the plants regularly until they are established.